King’s Five Goals Sends Clark Past Babson, 14-9

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Clark University sophomore Brandon Kings celebrates one of his five goals against Babson College on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

BABSON PARK – Clark University sophomore Brandon King has been a tough match-up this season for his team’s opponents, according to his head coach Jeff Cohen.

And against Babson College (6-7, 2-3) on Saturday, King continued his impressive play, netting five goals, including four in the second half, which helped the Cougars (11-3, 5-0) claim an important 14-9 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

“In league (play), he is a tough match-up,” Cohen said of King following his team’s 11th win of the season. “He’s a tough match-up.”

King, who deposited his team’s initial goal of the contest, appeared unstoppable in the second half, netting a pair of goals in the third and fourth quarter, including a diving strike late in the final session, which was set-up by junior Will Mandracchia.

King’s final goal sewed-up an impressive victory for the Cougars, who snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Beavers, dating back to their initial meeting in 1994.

Babson and Clark swapped goals throughout the opening two stanzas with neither team pushing ahead by more than one or two goals. And despite a one-goal (7-6) lead at the break by Clark, the trend continued for a majority of the third quarter before senior Isaac Bass jumpstarted a three-goal run that helped the visitors push ahead for good.

Clark would tack on three more goals in the fourth, while Babson deposited just one strike during the final 10 minutes.

“I thought we really started clicking and things were going our way in the third,” said Cohen. “I thought early on, maybe nerves, maybe teams playing each other out, but the second half saw (the game) get more competitive and we were fortunate enough that the ball bounced our way at times.”

The win extends Clark’s current winning-streak to six games, which dates back a late March victory over Plymouth State. It also keeps the Cougars atop of the NEWMAC standings with two games remaining.

Clark, which returns home for its final two contests of the regular season, will host Springfield College on Wednesday (Apr. 26th) and Emerson College on Saturday (Apr. 29th).

Springfield trails Clark by half a game for the top spot. This afternoon, they scored a hard-fought 7-6 win over Wheaton College.

Cohen, who is in his eighth season with the Cougars, credits his senior class for the position the Cougars are currently in. A win over the Pride would most likely provide Clark with the top-seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.

“We’re fortunate the ball is bouncing our way, but we give credit to the seniors, they’re working their tails off,” said Cohen. “They’re an extremely dedicated group and all I do is ask more of them, so I am glad things are working out and good things are happening for them.”

D3Lax Weekend Watch (Apr. 22nd-23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s the weekend! As part of our remaining regular season (and soon-to-be tournament coverage), here are the games we’ll be watching this weekend in New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse.

Remember to stay connected with us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news from around the New England D3 lacrosse world.

  • Curry at Salve Regina, 12 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Endicott at Bowdoin, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Mount Ida at Anna Maria, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson & Wales at St. Joseph’s (Maine), 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Clark at Babson, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Tufts at Wesleyan, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Amherst at Williams, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Regis at Mitchell, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Husson at Lyndon State, 1:30 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Becker at Daniel Webster, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Maine Maritime at New England College, 4 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson State at Husson, 2:30 p.m. (Apr. 23rd)

Mass. H.S. Lax: CM, Foxboro Set To Tangle In 2017 Chowda Cup Final Saturday

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The 2017 Chowda Cup Final will pit Foxboro against Catholic Memorial. (PHOTO CREDIT: chefshares.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

If you’re free tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd, to be exact, and near Braintree High School, then I highly recommend you stopping by/checking out the 2017 Chowda Cup Final between Foxborough and Catholic Memorial, which is scheduled to commence at 4:00 p.m.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after claiming back-to-back wins earlier this week in the opening and second rounds.

Foxboro scored back-to-back wins over Mansfield and Norwell, while Catholic Memorial beat Hanover and Scituate. CM’s win over the Sailors was a hard-fought 10-9 overtime victory, while the Warriors (Foxborough) won both of their games by one-goal.

Below is tomorrow’s schedule, courtesy of Scituate boys lacrosse coach Mark Puzzangara:

 

Game of the Week Preview: Babson vs. Clark (Saturday, Apr. 22nd at 1 p.m.)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

 

It should be an exciting day of lacrosse in Babson Park tomorrow (Saturday, April 22nd) as Babson College host Clark University in a marque New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt, which is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m.

Noontime Sports will be covering the game, live from Babson Park and fans are encouraged to follow along with our in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

GAME OUTLOOK: The Cougars enter the contest riding an impressive five-game winning streak, including a recent 12-6 victory earlier this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brandon King and Will Mandracchia highlighted their team’s most recent outing, finishing the contest with a hat trick, respectively, while Drew Riopelle-Tyrell improved to 6-3 between the pipes.

Prior to Wednesday’s tilt with the Buccaneers, Clark scored some impressive league wins over MIT and Coast Guard Academy, as well as a non-conference victory over Plymouth State.

Clark is the first NEWMAC squad to capture 10 games this season, they’re also the top team in the league, too.

Babson, which has won back-to-back league games, will look to bump its home record to 6-1 tomorrow – Saturday’s contest is the team’s final home game of the 2017 season.

The Beavers have been quite impressive at home this spring, winning five of six contests, including a pair of wins over Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wheaton College.

Samuel Mishkind currently leads the Green and White with 33 points on 27 goals and six assists, while Owen Allen is second on the team with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists.

As a team, the Beavers have deposited 140 goals this spring, while collaborating for 74 assists. Christopher Aranalde has enjoyed an impressive season between the pipes, he turning aside 103 shots, while surrendering 69 goals.

Babson captured the last meeting, defeating Clark in Worcester, 14-13, thanks to a two-goal rally during the final three minutes. Scott Doten scored the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining to lift the Beavers to an exciting one-goal victory.

Mass. H.S. Lax: Walpole-St. John’s Prep To Meet In Creators Crosse Championship

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By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) 

The 2017 Creators Crosse Championship is set for Saturday, April 22nd between St. John’s Prep and Walpole High School.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after impressive semifinal victories today. The Rebels of Walpole edged Franklin, 11-10, while the Eagles of St. John’s Prep defeated Beverly, 8-7.

Thursday’s semifinal contests were hosted by Westford Academy.

In addition to both semifinal match-ups, Lexington defeated host Westford Academy, while Masconoment beat Marblehead, 13-6.

Below is the schedule for the tournament’s final day, which is scheduled to commence at 11 a.m. The championship between the Eagles and Rebels is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

After an impressive one-goal win, Walpole boy’s lacrosse shared the exciting news of their victory with the following tweet (below):

As for the Eagles of St. John’s Prep, Phil Stacey provided an exciting final update on K.J. Sarni, who went ‘Rip City for the game-winner!’

Saturday should be a fun day of lacrosse!

Boston Cannons Set To Begin 2017 Season Sunday Against Florida Launch

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The Boston Cannons are eager to commence their 2017 campaign, but also get off to a fast start. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reid Smith/Boston Cannons)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing last season in a seven-way tie for first place, the Boston Cannons, who did not qualify for the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) postseason due to tie-breakers, will attempt to earn a spot in this summer’s postseason as they begin their 2017 campaign this Sunday, April 23rd when they visit the Florida Launch.

Fans can watch the game on Lax Sports Network (LSN), the home for every MLL game this season.

Boston, which recently concluded its two-week training camp, will be led by captains Will MannyMax SeibaldJosh Hawkins and Justin Turri. Manny led all players last season in points (50), while Hawkins enjoyed his best season as pro with a career-best 11 goals and 14 points.

All four will certainly be counted on this Sunday when the Cannons take on a squad they defeated last year in their season finale at Harvard Stadium.

Boston and Florida have met three times in the past two seasons with the Cannons claiming all three contests.

Last season, the Cannons overcame a three-goal deficit at the break to defeat the Launch, 11-10. The win bumped Boston’s record to 8-6 overall, however, due to other outcomes that particular day, the Cannons were eliminated from the 2016 MLL playoffs.

In addition to the team’s four captains, Boston will lean heavily on veterans Mitch BelisleKevin Buchanan and Brodie Merrill, along with last season’s NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year Matt Landis. Additionally, look for the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Rob Haus to step-up this season, too.

“We could not be more excited to head into our opening game with a group of men that want to win and be a part of something special this season,” Coach Sean Quirk said in Tuesday’s release about his team’s 25-man roster.

Florida, which finished its 2016 slate 3-8 overall, will look to bounce back this season. They will be led by Kieran McArdle and Connor Buczek.

The Launch should also receive a boost this season from Jason Crane, who was acquired earlier this week, according to the team’s website. Crane, who competed for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, could certainly be an important leader for the team’s backline.

Florida Coach Tom Mariano is optimistic about his team’s upcoming campaign, he expects the Launch to play ‘a tough, hard-nosed style of lacrosse.’

Following Sunday’s contest, Boston will visit Atlanta next Saturday, April 29th for its second contest of the season.

Check-in this Sunday for a complete game one recap, along with news and notes from the Cannons’ initial contest of the season. 

Games to Watch This Week In D3 Lax (Apr. 18th-23rd)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

We’re closing in on the final few weeks of the regular season, which means the race for final conference tournament spots is on … in fact, it is so on!

Below are some games you should follow this week – of course, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter for game updates, scores and news from around the New England Division III men’s lacrosse world.

Lasell College at Trinity College, 5:30 p.m. (TODAY | April 17th) 

Bates College at Tufts University, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, April 18th) 

Roger Williams at Western New England, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th)

Plymouth State at Keene State, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

New England College at Lyndon State, 7 p.m. (Thursday, April 20th) 

Endicott College at Bowdoin College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)

Roger Williams at University of New England, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)  

Clark University at Babson College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Amherst College at Williams College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)